Danny Cox death ruled a suicide

The single-car crash that killed disabled Petaluma teenager Danny Cox in August was ruled a suicide Friday by the Marin County Sheriff's Office.

Cox, 19, died Aug. 7 after his Dodge Magnum wagon struck an oak tree next to Highway 101 near Olompali State Historic Park.

Danny Cox, 1992-2011


The former Petaluma High track star had just started to drive weeks earlier after suffering devastating injuries in a shallow-water diving accident the previous August.

The accident left him paralyzed below the chest and he was dependent on others for many of life's necessities. He was able to drive thanks to a modified car he could control with his hands.

Witnesses to the crash said Cox was traveling between 60 and 70 mph before hitting the tree. No skid marks were found to indicate he attempted to brake.

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